Several options are available for international students to live both on and off-campus. A residence room is guaranteed for first-year students who apply by the June 1st, 2020 deadline. It is the international student's responsibility to secure accommodation before they arrive.
Different types of residence facilities are available on campus. Check out the photos, floor plans and more details on the Student Housing Services. It is important to research the various residences thoroughly before you make a decision, as they each have something different to offer. While doing this research, you may also want to consider Residence Learning Communities as these can enhance your living experience and enable you to live with peers of similar interests.
In residence, there will be Residence Managers and Assistants. You will be most familiar with your Residence Assistant (RA) as they are responsible for helping residents establish and maintain community standards with social and educational programming and personal and academic support.
Graduate Houses: Student Housing Services operates five Graduate Houses which are located around the perimeter of the campus. All houses are shared accommodation in detached structures. Each Graduate House accommodates between four and six people. The majority of the Houses are close to the campus, between a five- and a ten-minute walk to the University Centre. Some Graduate Houses are designated as male occupancy, some as female occupancy, and others as co-ed. The number of Houses assigned for each type depends upon demand; you may indicate your preferences on your residence application. To view these houses and their availability, visit the Student Housing Services website.
Student Housing Services operates two communities for student families within walking distance of the main campus. Priority for Family Housing is given to couples with or without children, and singles with children. If space allows, mature single students will be considered for accommodation. There are two sites available to choose from:
Please visit the Family Housing website for the online application and to find out more information about the units.
Moving Into On-Campus Residence
Move-In Day takes place on the Saturday before Labour Day Holiday (usually the first week of September). All new students move in on the same day unless special arrangements have been made. You will receive information about Move-In Day to your university emails from Student Housing Services.
Early Arrivals are granted by the Student Housing Services Desk on a case by case basis to those students needing accommodation before the scheduled Move-In Day. If you wish to be considered for early arrival please visit the Early Arrival Request page to apply. Early arrival requests will be assessed in the first week of August. An email will be sent confirming that your application has been received and on file. There is a limit to the number of early arrival requests that can be approved. Therefore, there is no guarantee that your request will be granted. Please try to find alternate arrangements for accommodations prior to residence move in, just in case your request is not granted.
If your room is not available at the time you are requesting, your request may be delayed until it becomes available. All early arrival fees will be billed directly to your student account. This will show up on WebAdvisor at the end of September.
Any questions or concerns can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please also feel free to call 519-824-4120 ext. 58701 and leave a message.
If you are attending START International in Fall…
Students that register for and attend START International are allowed to move into their residence room with no additional costs starting from the day before START International until the campus-wide Move-In Day. In this case, students can apply to move in the day before START International by registering for START International. On the registration form, students must indicate that they will be living on campus. Please note this is only for students who have already applied and have been approved to live in residence for the semester.
If you are attending START International and you plan to arrive before Tuesday, September 1, 2020, you will be considered an early arrival and will be billed for every night until the start of START International. This approval is made on a case by case basis and it is not guaranteed.
For students who may not want to live on campus, there are different kinds of off-campus housing available in the city ranging from single rooms with kitchens to share houses and apartments.
There are different kinds of off-campus housing available, ranging from a single room with cooking facilities to shared houses and apartments.
Rooms in houses where the kitchen and bathrooms may be shared with other tenants: $500–$650 per month
- One-bedroom apartments with private kitchen and bathroom (studio, basement and upper apartments): $900–$1200 per month
- Two-bedroom apartments: $1000–$1400 per month
- Three-bedroom apartments: $1500-$2000 per month
**Prices will vary based on whether utilities are included in the rental amount or not.
If you have chosen to live off-campus, we suggest arriving at least two weeks before the beginning of classes. Off-Campus Living provides information about your rights and obligations as a tenant. If you need help finding off-campus housing, they may be able to assist you with that as well. However, it is your responsibility to find and secure a place to live.